Hallie Cotnam

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Olympic athletes keeping their eyes on the prize

From wrestling imaginary opponents to "swimming" in their apartments, elite athletes are finding unique ways to stay at the top of their game as they switch their focus to Tokyo 2021.

'I'm a Black woman first': Pamphinette Buisa's journey from elite athlete to BLM warrior

Instead of preparing for the Olympics in Tokyo as a member of Canada's women's rugby team, Pamphinette Buisa is lending her strength and voice to the Black Lives Matter movement in Victoria, where she lives and works.

City reopening 5 rinks Monday

The city of Ottawa is reopening five rinks Monday, with strict limits on who's allowed on the ice.

Dredging to begin at Britannia Beach

Work begins Monday to dredge Britannia Beach, closing the popular summer spot until October. The city says it's too late to postpone the project, even though the closure will leave less public space for residents to cool off during the pandemic.

Looking for some Canada Day fun? We've got you covered

COVID-19 has really done a number on Canada Day celebrations. Canadian Heritage is throwing a virtual party, but there's other stuff to do, too, from shopping to camping to a cool treat at your favourite ice cream joint.

Surf's up at Ottawa beaches

Three of Ottawa's four beaches open today, but beachgoers are reminded to stay two metres away from one another, both in the water and on shore.

U of O scientist seeking edible vaccine for COVID-19

University of Ottawa professor and plant biologist Allyson MacLean has been busy during the pandemic creating a unique vaccine for COVID-19 — one you can eat.

Fed up families exploring private school options

The spectre of COVID-19 getting in the way of a return to the classroom this fall has some parents so worried, they're contemplating switching to a pricey private school instead.

Cornwall girl victim of racist attack on school bus, mother says

Agnes Etaka says her 10-year-old daughter Bella was struck, spat on and called racist names while riding the bus to school in February. Now, with the spotlight on anti-Black racism in the U.S., Etaka wants people to know it's happening here, too.

Pandemic sparks creativity for some entrepreneurs

Necessity is the mother of invention, and while the COVID-19 sank some small businesses, it also sparked creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. CBC checks in with four people who've managed to make the best of a bad situation.

Is hockey really for everyone? 2 NHLers, longtime friends take stock

A biracial former NHLer and his white friend, both defencemen, discuss why they're speaking out about racism in the vastly white sport of hockey, and how even longtime friends can be ignorant about each other's experience.

Bat study on hold over fear of spreading virus — to the bats

In a somewhat ironic twist, a project to track evicted bats has been postponed over fears humans could transmit COVID-19 to fragile Canadian species.

COVID-19: Now's not the time to go 'hog-wild,' experts warn

Sure, Phase 2 of Ontario's reopening plan gives us more freedom, but if we don't approach it responsibly, we risk turning the lockdown clock back to March.

A physician and father asks if things will be different for his boys

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng grew up being called the n-word. He's been stopped by police and followed in stores. He's had to work harder to prove himself, all because of the colour of his skin. He desperately hopes things will be different by the time his three sons grow up, but he's not hopeful.

Bikes in big demand, short supply during pandemic

COVID-19 and the arrival of summery weather have combined to create a perfect storm in cycling circles, drastically increased demand and decreasing supply of bikes in Ottawa.